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post #2401 of 2517
Hey guys, new to this forum and was just wanting to get some advice on other people's experiences with the Iron Ranger boot.

I bought a pair of these about 5-6 months ago, but have worn them maybe 20-30 times at varying lengths (like 2 hours to even 12 hours). I got them after winter, so I haven't had the chance to wear them day in day out yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to using them in Autumn and Winter.

Anyway, back to my question. In terms of the wearing in of the boot, about how long should I expect it to be uncomfortable for? I would have thought after 20-30 wears it would start to soften up a bit, however the inner sole (or lack of inner sole) is still very hard and after extended wear, it starts to hurt my feet. That's usually the first place that starts hurting, and then after even longer periods of wearing them other areas of my feet start to feel pain in the places where the leather still rubs against my foot, especially the bottom of my heel.

I'm pretty sure I didn't get the wrong size as it fit me quite well when I bought it and it never gives me blisters. Just a bit of pain after extended wear.

So I'm just wondering if it's common to have to wait even longer than 20-30 wears for it to become more comfortable and soften up. I just really hope I didn't get a size too small (which would suck).

Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask this question!
post #2402 of 2517
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Originally Posted by Nuckinya View Post

Hey guys, new to this forum and was just wanting to get some advice on other people's experiences with the Iron Ranger boot.

I bought a pair of these about 5-6 months ago, but have worn them maybe 20-30 times at varying lengths (like 2 hours to even 12 hours). I got them after winter, so I haven't had the chance to wear them day in day out yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to using them in Autumn and Winter.

Anyway, back to my question. In terms of the wearing in of the boot, about how long should I expect it to be uncomfortable for? I would have thought after 20-30 wears it would start to soften up a bit, however the inner sole (or lack of inner sole) is still very hard and after extended wear, it starts to hurt my feet. That's usually the first place that starts hurting, and then after even longer periods of wearing them other areas of my feet start to feel pain in the places where the leather still rubs against my foot, especially the bottom of my heel.

I'm pretty sure I didn't get the wrong size as it fit me quite well when I bought it and it never gives me blisters. Just a bit of pain after extended wear.

So I'm just wondering if it's common to have to wait even longer than 20-30 wears for it to become more comfortable and soften up. I just really hope I didn't get a size too small (which would suck).

Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask this question!


put some insoles in my RW's and they've been sitting since the Thorogoods arrived.   Throgoods came with really comfortable insoles so did the Chippewa steel toed, water proof and insulated boots.  Both are American made too.  Unlike the 1K's and RW's these boots were comfortable out of the box.  Might be able to see where the $$ are going to be spent from now on.

post #2403 of 2517
Not much of an add-on or manufacturer insole guy myself. The support that they try to provide actually weakens the foot muscles. IMO there is nothing like a properly sized and properly broken in leather footbed.
Jim
post #2404 of 2517
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

Not much of an add-on or manufacturer insole guy myself. The support that they try to provide actually weakens the foot muscles. IMO there is nothing like a properly sized and properly broken in leather footbed.
Jim


thats what i thought but couldn't take the pain.  put some thin inersoles in the 1K's and some a little thicker in the RW's. up until about 2 years ago i never had any problems.  maybe just getting old or sumptin?

post #2405 of 2517

New guy here.  I've been using the info in this and other threads on SF to help me buy some Red Wings online.  So, thank you for all of the wonderful info - I'm sure this forum will help to further lighten my wallet.

 

The first pair I bought were RW 4573.  I bought them in 8.5D from Sierra Trading Post for $130 shipped.  I typically wear 9D in Allen Edmonds, and the RW's fit perfectly, but they definitely need to be broken in.:)

 

 

 

 

The second pair I bought were RW 212, also in 8.5D.  I bought them from Sierra Trading Post for $95 shipped.  They're still in the mail, and should be here in a few days.

 

post #2406 of 2517

Does anyone know when the Summer Postman will release in the US? Or is this a UK only thing?

post #2407 of 2517
Bought a pair of 8138 mocs... pretty dam uncomfortable to be honest. even if they break in the mobility just doesn't seem right. I hope that "unconditional" warranty is legit. I will return them on the weekend but I can't help but feel there has to be some catch and I will be out $300.
post #2408 of 2517

anyone know what stores in NYC carry the Postman 101 & 9196 ?  I went to a few places listed on the website and they all only carried boots (IR, etc)

post #2409 of 2517

Does anyone know how these chukka's fit? I am a 9.5 in Nikes, 9 in clark desert boots ect. I tried on some Red Wing Boots in store and a 8.5 fit well, but worried these run smaller since they are lighter?

 

post #2410 of 2517

Stopped back into the local Red Wing store, had my order of the 9010 Moc Toe Beckman in, sizes 8 and 8.5. I'm a size 8 on the foot scale, almost exactly(and the guy even said my feet are almost exactly the same size, which is apparently uncommon) and the 8 was a great fit, even better with a thin insole. If that 20% off coupon from amazon didn't come the other week, I would have bought them right there, he even lowered the price to 289, down from 329, so I felt a little bad. With the coupon on amazon, the price was brought down to 256. I'm stoked. 

post #2411 of 2517
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Originally Posted by Walt Thizzney View Post
 

Does anyone know how these chukka's fit? I am a 9.5 in Nikes, 9 in clark desert boots ect. I tried on some Red Wing Boots in store and a 8.5 fit well, but worried these run smaller since they are lighter?

 

Half size down from Brannock. About the same size as your size in most RW boots

post #2412 of 2517

The guy at the store also said that Red Wing was discontinuing their Hand Sewn Heritage line, and to probably expect some deep discounts on those shoes sometime soon. Take that as you will

post #2413 of 2517

Just received my first pair of Red Wing boots a few days ago - the 9030 Beckman, which is basically Red Wing's take on the Alden Indy boot.

 

I'll say this: I much prefer these to any of the Alden Indy models I've tried on. The color is rich and evokes a cool 1940s vibe as someone told me, and it looks like something

that, well, Indiana Jones would be tromping around in. The quality is spot on. The commando-esque soles are also a nice addition. **The really interesting thing about these, unlike the GTs or the Iron Ranger models as this one seems to run very true to size. I am a 9.5D and that fits fine for me - not remotely big.

post #2414 of 2517
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Originally Posted by Walt Thizzney View Post

Does anyone know how these chukka's fit? I am a 9.5 in Nikes, 9 in clark desert boots ect. I tried on some Red Wing Boots in store and a 8.5 fit well, but worried these run smaller since they are lighter? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post

Half size down from Brannock. About the same size as your size in most RW boots

Just to mess things up...smile.gif

This is what I have:

Beckman Round Toe - both 9.5
Brogue Ranger - 9
Beckman Chukka - 10
Round Toe 2947 - 9.5 but could have gone down to 9
post #2415 of 2517
Just picked up a pair of 875 in Original leather. Do I have to apply anything to the leather before I start wearing them in the snow or otherwise? They came with Red Wing Leather Cleaner which I am guessing is not needed at the beginning, but any sort of wax or anything else? Does it come with a wax coating from the factory.
Edited by palma - 3/2/14 at 8:20am
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